What is a GMO (Genetically Modified Organism), really? And ever wonder why the pesticide industry has spent hundreds of millions of dollars to spin genetically engineered crops as safe? GMOs are organisms that have been genetically engineered (GE). Genetic Engineering is the process of taking genetic material from one organism and inserting it into the permanent genetic code of another. This is not to be confused with the ancient practice of hybridizing food. Genetic Engineering is a cell invasion technology that fundamentally alters the genetic code of an organism.
Over 90% of all genetically engineered crops grown in America are engineered to survive spraying with glyphosate, the active ingredient in Monsanto’s weed-killing pesticide, Roundup. These Roundup Ready crops have made glyphosate by far the most heavily used pesticide in U.S. agriculture.
Glyphosate has been found by the World Health Organization to be a probable carcinogen to humans, causing tumors in lab animals, higher rates of the cancer non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma in farmers, and damage to DNA, one pathway to cancer.
Extreme use of glyphosate (a toxic pesticide) has generated an epidemic of glyphosate-resistant “Superweeds”.
Independent studies have linked GE foods to toxicity, allergic reactions, antibiotic resistance, and more.
Pesticide companies have created patents on their genetically engineered seed, taking away the right of farmers to save their own seed. They are also buying the world’s seed firms and currently own 67% of the proprietary global seed market.
Vote with your dollars: The best way to avoid GE food products is to buy certified organic food! Certified organic does not allow genetic modification or the use of toxic synthetic chemicals that are sprayed on these GE crops.
Support GE food labeling: GE labeling bills have been introduced in dozens of states and counties. Lend support to ongoing campaigns or start your own!
Lobby legislators: Ask your local, state and federal government representatives to support GE labeling and organic agriculture. You can be directed to your representative by dialing the Congressional switchboard: 202.224.3121
More than 60 countries have significant restrictions or bans on production and sale of GE foods. It’s time for the US to join: Take Action on GMOs with Center for Food Safety! Visit our action center at www.centerforfoodsafety.org/take-action